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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

When I had a look at this week’s photo challenge, at first I thought of going from beyond to behind. As in things I’d hide behind if I was playing hide and seek. I have bunch of pictures from my cousin’s 19th birthday, from few years back, which was held at her paternal grandparent’s place at the country and decided to use them.

WPCBeyond, old barn doors, thrifty finn, weathered

I began processing the first picture and thinking about all those people who have lived there. The grandfather, who died not long after the birthday party, said just some time before his passing that he doesn’t want to go. Life is too good.  Continue reading

Recipe Challenge! Or How You Can Find Inspiration In Everything.

Yes, it’s time for the weekly challenge card! The theme is a recipe: 3 designer papers, ribbon or twine, something circle shaped and we were asked to use an image from Delicious Doodle.

I requested the Robin Redbreast (who is a distant relative of me, Niina Itchynipple) and had some (a lot) trouble with the colouring. As you have seen in the past, my colouring skills leave a lot to be desired. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on what I could do with my ProMarkers. However, this time I couldn’t even decide what colours to use! I tried realistic colours. Nope. I tried leaving the image black and white. No, that didn’t work out either. I was getting frustrated. I stared and stared at the image until I suddenly got a feeling of familiarity. I’ve seen something like this before!

I did some creative Googleing and found it! A fabric print by Maija Louekari for Marimekko called Pakkanen:


See where I am going with this? After seeing the image, my card came together very quickly and here it is:

Image  My patterned papers are: the one on the background, the black paper is actually brown chevron I stained black and the blue circles were white but I coloured them blue with my ProMarker True Blue. The heart on the ribbon (twill tape) is also drawn with a ProMarker, colour Poppy.


I love the graphic style of this card and it’s already on its way to someone. Don’t forget to take part in this week’s challenge on Craft Your Passion where you can win 4 digi’s by Delicious Doodles. I’m also sharing this card in following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge Blog: Snowflakes!
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #193- Contemporary Christmas Colours!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: What’s Your Favourite? (ProMarkers, stitching, ribbon)
Divas By Design: Challenge #65- Use Some Red
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge: #185- Winter
Dutch Dare Card Challenges: #195- Snowflakes
Pin And Tack: Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #4-Anything Goes!
Paper Crafting Journey: Christmas Projects
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: #194- Christmas Time!
The Squirrel and The Fox: Challenge #33- Christmas
Challenges 4 Everybody: Challenge #9- Anything Goes

It literally has taken me nearly an hour to link these babies up. I think I need to replenish my strength with some chocolate.

TAST 17: Wheatear Field of Wheat

 Wheatear or as I like to call it Weetabix- stitch, is a quick stitch to do. I had this sampler done in less than an hour which I liked very much, considering how many I still have to do before I’m caught up.


There’s something very national romantic in this stitch. A reminder of simpler times when every summer was warm and sunny.

 I’ll be using this stitch in the future for sure. My grandparents would appreciate anything stitched with wheatear, they used to be farmers after all.

 Next stitch: Crossed Buttonhole! And if you are interested, my other samplers are here.




An Overcast Day in Finland and General Foul Moodiness

This is my train stop/station. Well, the station building doesn’t function as a station anymore. There used to be an antique store which closed down couple of months back and there still is a framing shop. Because what neighbourhood doesn’t need a framing shop instead of, let’s say, a grocery store instead of the one overpriced one we have right now.

Oh, well. I read that Londoners are already enjoying +18 Celsius weather. I hate this time year. The winter has gone on for what feels like forever and spring is nowhere in sight. I mean, look at this snow. It’s going to take forever to melt! Not to mention, the roads this time of year are in turns thawing and freezing up again which means incredibly slippery surface, which is a horror to walk on with my knees.

The feeling I get when every step that I take outdoors is a guess game, will my knee dislocate or not. With the added excitement, which one. Left or right? Statistically speaking, it will be the right one but you never know! When I was a teenager and bitched about lack of excitement in my life, this definitely is not what I meant.

Yup, today is Monday. Only thing making today better is the new fabric I got. I’m going to go and stroke it until I feel better.

Over and out.

P.S. Tomorrow I’m going to Helsinki and hopefully I will find a store I was told was a real thrifter/crafter’s wet dream.

Insanely Beautiful Lapland

This video made me miss home so much it hurts. It was commissioned by VisitFinland and made by Flatlight Films for “commercial purposes” but it doesn’t take anything away from the fact that Lapland is beautiful. It’s my home and always will be. Enjoy:

Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.